LIAT chief executive officer Julie Reifer-Jones. (GP)
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ST JOHN’S - Chief executive officer of regional carrier, LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones says the airline’s commercial passenger services will remain suspended until June 30 due to the continued impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to Reifer-Jones, most of LIAT’s network remains closed to commercial passenger traffic.
She said that while some territories have announced a reopening date, there are still many protocols to be implemented, such as testing and mandatory quarantine periods, which will allow for the safe movement of passengers.
The airline’s CEO said the situation is being closely monitored across the LIAT network and flights will resume when it is safe for passengers to do so.
Passengers booked during the extended period of suspension will automatically have their bookings cancelled and will receive full airline credit for future travel.
Passengers will be able to rebook as soon as the airline announces the resumption of passenger services.
Reifer-Jones reassured the public that the airline was continuing its planning for the resumption of operations.
She noted, however, that there was still a great deal of uncertainty about the date of reopening of most borders.
The airline has maintained strict protocols for its aircraft cleaning and sanitisation to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and staff.
The airline acknowledged that this was an extremely difficult time for the region and its own staff and passengers.
The CEO reassured that LIAT is still committed to keeping the region connected especially after this crisis. (CMC)